Education

  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 2012, Member of Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review and Harvard Human Rights Journal
  • University of North Texas, M.J. in Journalism, 2008, Mayborn Scholar in Journalism
  • Southern Methodist University, B.A., summa cum laude, 2005, Phillip H. Solomon Award in Foreign Languages

Admissions

  • California, 2012
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Pablo Lastra is an associate at Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld, LLP.  Mr. Lastra works on complex litigation and prelitigation matters, including class actions.  He also has extensive experience representing clients in immigration matters and has special expertise in asylum proceedings.

Mr. Lastra is a graduate of Harvard Law School where he was a member of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review and the Harvard Human Rights Journal.

Prior to joining RBGG, he was Asylum Program Coordinator and Staff Attorney with Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights in San Francisco.  Full bio »

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T: 415-433-6830
F: 415-433-7104
E: plastra@rbgg.com

Pablo Lastra is an associate at Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld, LLP.  Mr. Lastra works on complex litigation and prelitigation matters, including class actions.  He also has extensive experience representing clients in immigration matters and has special expertise in asylum proceedings.

Mr. Lastra is a graduate of Harvard Law School where he was a member of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review and the Harvard Human Rights Journal.

Prior to joining RBGG, he was Asylum Program Coordinator and Staff Attorney with Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights in San Francisco.  While at Lawyers’ Committee, Mr. Lastra directed an immigration program providing legal assistance to hundreds of refugees annually.  Mr. Lastra was also the Civil Rights Fellow at Relman, Dane & Colfax, PLLC, a civil rights litigation firm in Washington, D.C., where he worked on cases of race and disability discrimination under the Fair Housing Act and the ADA, and employment discrimination under Title VII.  He is fluent in Spanish and English and can interpret simultaneously in both languages at a high level.

Prior to law school, Mr. Lastra, who has a Master’s Degree in Journalism from University of North Texas and graduated from Southern Methodist University summa cum laude, was an investigative reporter with the Fort Worth Weekly.  As a reporter he won national awards for investigative stories exposing corrupt healthcare supply brokers defrauding government and private insurers of billions of dollars. 

REPRESENTATIVE CASES
  • Armstrong v. Brown, 103 F. Supp. 3d 1070 (N.D. Cal. 2015).  Mr. Lastra is part of a team of attorneys involved in this statewide class action under the Americans with Disabilities Act on behalf of all California prisoners and parolees with disabilities.  Almost two decades ago, RBGG proved in federal court that California’s prison system and Board of Prison Terms were systemically discriminating against prisoners and parolees with mobility, sight, hearing, learning, mental and kidney disabilities. See Armstrong v. Wilson, 942 F. Supp. 1252 (N.D. Cal. 1996), aff’d 124 F.3d 1019 (9th Cir. 1997).  The team’s current work includes tackling discrimination in assignments to valuable jobs and programs in prison, improving the difficult transition from prison to parole, and facilitating access to education and programs for prisoners with learning disabilities.  The Armstrong litigation has resulted in a series of ground-breaking precedents, including rulings that the ADA does not permit state government agencies to avoid compliance by delegating responsibilities to local governments, and that prisoners cannot be held in solitary confinement solely on account of disability.

Admissions

  • California, 2012

Professional Experience

  • Asylum Program Coordinator and Staff Attorney, Layers’ Committee for Civil Rights, 2013-2016
  • Civil Rights Fellow, Relman, Dane & Colfax PLLC, 2012-2013

Community Service

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association

Pablo Lastra is an associate at Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld, LLP.  Mr. Lastra works on complex litigation and prelitigation matters, including class actions.  He also has extensive experience representing clients in immigration matters and has special expertise in asylum proceedings.

Mr. Lastra is a graduate of Harvard Law School where he was a member of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review and the Harvard Human Rights Journal.

Prior to joining RBGG, he was Asylum Program Coordinator and Staff Attorney with Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights in San Francisco.  While at Lawyers’ Committee, Mr. Lastra directed an immigration program providing legal assistance to hundreds of refugees annually.  Mr. Lastra was also the Civil Rights Fellow at Relman, Dane & Colfax, PLLC, a civil rights litigation firm in Washington, D.C., where he worked on cases of race and disability discrimination under the Fair Housing Act and the ADA, and employment discrimination under Title VII.  He is fluent in Spanish and English and can interpret simultaneously in both languages at a high level.

Prior to law school, Mr. Lastra, who has a Master’s Degree in Journalism from University of North Texas and graduated from Southern Methodist University summa cum laude, was an investigative reporter with the Fort Worth Weekly.  As a reporter he won national awards for investigative stories exposing corrupt healthcare supply brokers defrauding government and private insurers of billions of dollars. 

REPRESENTATIVE CASES
  • Armstrong v. Brown, 103 F. Supp. 3d 1070 (N.D. Cal. 2015).  Mr. Lastra is part of a team of attorneys involved in this statewide class action under the Americans with Disabilities Act on behalf of all California prisoners and parolees with disabilities.  Almost two decades ago, RBGG proved in federal court that California’s prison system and Board of Prison Terms were systemically discriminating against prisoners and parolees with mobility, sight, hearing, learning, mental and kidney disabilities. See Armstrong v. Wilson, 942 F. Supp. 1252 (N.D. Cal. 1996), aff’d 124 F.3d 1019 (9th Cir. 1997).  The team’s current work includes tackling discrimination in assignments to valuable jobs and programs in prison, improving the difficult transition from prison to parole, and facilitating access to education and programs for prisoners with learning disabilities.  The Armstrong litigation has resulted in a series of ground-breaking precedents, including rulings that the ADA does not permit state government agencies to avoid compliance by delegating responsibilities to local governments, and that prisoners cannot be held in solitary confinement solely on account of disability.

Education

  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 2012, Member of Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review and Harvard Human Rights Journal
  • University of North Texas, M.J. in Journalism, 2008, Mayborn Scholar in Journalism
  • Southern Methodist University, B.A., summa cum laude, 2005, Phillip H. Solomon Award in Foreign Languages

Publications

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